Help a Reader: Money Advice

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: I am a stay at home mother of two children (3 years, 8 months) in charge of the finances brought in from my husband's income as well as a side gig of online sales.  I feel as if I have hit a brick wall in my financial quest. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thu 7/5, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Saving Money During the Summer! Share tips on using deal sites, saving on utilities, and how to get a frugal summer wardrobe! […]

Go Exploring (185/365)

During the first few summers of my marriage, Sarah and I would go camping roughly every other weekend. We loved going to a new park, picking out a spot, pitching a tent, and starting a campfire on Friday evening. When Saturday morning dawned, we’d emerge from the tent and eat a quick breakfast. […]

Happy 4th of July!

This is just a quick note to wish you (or at least those of you in the US) a Happy 4th of July. I’m not sure about you, but I’ll be grilling steak, enjoying a few tasty libations, and otherwise enjoying the day. What about you? Any big plans? We’ll be back tomorrow with our regularly scheduled programming. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Big Groups Edition

My natural tendency when I’m in a big group is to clam up and avoid people. I often remember going to professional conventions in my previous career where I would just lock up and look for a way to avoid eye contact, often ending up back in my hotel room. Over the years, I’ve mastered some ways to get past this. […]

The Delaware Tax Loophole

Have you ever wondered why there are so many banks headquartered in the state of Delaware? This small state — where I happened to spend four years of my life while at college — is friendly to businesses. For a century, Delaware has boasted friendly tax codes and lax incorporation laws, inviting savvy business owners and international crime syndicates to the state, at least on paper. […]

Happy 4th of July

We’re taking the day off today to burn some things on the grill and then eat it. Happy 4th of July! We’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming on Monday, enjoy the weekend and get outside. (Photo: jeffrey) Happy 4th of July from personal finance blog The post Happy 4th of July appeared first on Bargaineering. […]

What is Wealth?

Until the end of this week, we’ll be sharing “audition” pieces from folks interested in being new staff writers at Get Rich Slowly. Your job is to let us know what you think of each of these writers. Pay attention, give feedback, and after a couple of weeks we’ll ask which writers you prefer. This article is from Ashley Kipp. […]

Happy (Financial) Independence Day

Today, let’s take a vow to be financially independent. I’m posting this on the Fourth of July — Independence Day here in the United States — but this works any day. Whether you need to work to become financially independent or just want to maintain the independence you’ve already gained, today, let's set some goals. […]

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in July 2012

The dealnews staff published more than 6,000 deals last July, which we've analyzed so that we can offer our readers a bit of advice while planning purchases this month. And it's a particularly important month to do so, since a number of sales will appear to be better than they are. […]

Best Money Tips: Ways Travelers Save on Trips

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on ways travelers save on trips, getting paid what you are worth, and ways to save money on your electric bill. Top 5 Articles 8 Frugal Ways Travelers Save On Trips — To save on trips, keep an eye out for fare alerts. […]

Happy Fourth of July

Just want to say a big happy Fourth of July to all of you out there -- and Happy Birthday to America! I hope you're having a great day (like I am) celebrating the freedom we enjoy in the U.S. […]

Teach Yourself a Skill You’ve Always Wanted to Learn (184/365)

About two years ago, I decided that I wanted to learn how to play the piano. I didn’t do this for any other reason than personal enrichment. Prior to that, I had never played a musical instrument in my life. I had no knowledge at all of musical theory. […]

Save Money on Sporting Expenses

My oldest child just graduated from high school, thus concluding an exciting, but often expensive, youth sports career. Over the past decade he has played hockey, baseball, soccer, football, wrestling, and basketball. In two sports — hockey and baseball — he played on “traveling” teams (read “very expensive” teams). But even the non-traveling teams were costly. […]

12 Surprising Uses for Witch Hazel

You may not have heard of witch hazel before, but it is a frugal little astringent that has many uses.  If you haven’t heard of it before, here is what you need to know–it was used by Native Americans hundreds of years ago to soothe swelling and even tumors. The astringent comes from the witch hazel shrub; Native Americans boiled the stems to extract the witch hazel. […]

The 52 Best Money Saving Tips, Ideas #15 through #11

I’ve been running a series on the best money saving tips the last few weeks (start here if you'd like to read from the beginning), offering you a way to save thousands of dollars each year. Some of the tips have been simple and basic, saving less than a hundred dollars for the year. Others have been a little more complex – with more dramatic results. […]

What I Learned From My Old Jobs

When I was fourteen, I got my first, real, paycheck-at-the-end-of-the-week, job.  I spent the summer working on a blueberry farm in South Georgia. The work was hard.  If memory serves, we began harvesting in June and worked through the end of July.  It was hot – but we couldn’t wear shorts or t-shirts.  We had to wear jeans and long-sleeved shirts, because of the briers and wasps that loved to liv […]

Brokers Are Salespeople, Not Financial Advisers

Stockbrokers facing the general investing public, working for JP Morgan Chase, might have business cards with a title of “financial adviser,” but just like the people you meet when you walk into a car dealership, they are salespeople. They are rewarded when they meet their sales targets. Their bonuses are based on the clients they sign. […]

Actively Opposing Personal Change

Recently, I’ve been exchanging emails with Lisa, a reader who came to me with a story that’s achingly famililar. Rather than quoting twenty paragraphs of text, I’ve chosen to paraphrase her story a bit. Lisa is married to a guy named Jeff. They’re pretty freshly out of college and both have reasonably well-paying jobs. […]

How to Fill Out a 2012 Form W-4

When go to work for “the man,” you will be expected to fill out a Form W-4. This is a form provided by the IRS that helps employers figure out how much money should be taken out of each paycheck and sent on to Uncle Sam. The way you fill out your W-4 determines how much of your paycheck is withheld. […]